The Technical Working Group for Human Resource for Health which was inaugurated in May this year to facilitate collaboration, cooperation and intersectoral planning among the diverse stakeholders to harness responses to HRH issues have met for the first time since inauguration to strategies on data collection for Ondo state health sector
The Technical Working Group comprises MDAs, Associations, Unions, Institutions, Facilities and Focal Officers from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
In his address, the Chairman of the committee, Dr Uche Odionyenma, said the challenges of brain drain in the health sector is a major challenge and concern nationally which demands strategic intervention
He noted that just like every other state in the country Ondo State wasn’t different but the Ministry of Health is at the forefront in ensuring sanity in the health sector and having in place a well motivated and equitably distributed workforce that is devoid of brain drain.
He explained that the Ministry also has in place a workforce that is adequately trained, skilled and committed to reducing health workforce migration.
He submitted that several strategic interventions were being put into place
one of which is the Inauguration of the HRH comprising of the State Steering committee and the Technical Working Group.
He elucidates that the Technical Working Group are required to facilitate collaboration, cooperation and intersectoral planning among the diverse
stakeholders to harness responses to HRH issues
According to him" we are also to serve as a forum for discussion of major HRH issues, consensus building and mobilization of technical capacity for HRH management building as well as mobilization of technical capacity for HRH management"
We are to establish effective HRH information system to guide policy and decision making"
He opined that the responsibility was onerous while enjoining the team members to put in their best for Ondo state health workforce as their sacrifice will not go unnoticed
The Chairman appreciated the Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Awolowo Ajaka and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharm Folukemi Aladenola, FPSN for their support, confidence, assurance and supervision.
The desk officer of the technical working Group, Mrs Motunrayo Akingboye made a presentation on the activities of the group for the second quarter and roll out tools for the collection of data.
The Federal Medical Centre Owo, HRH Focalperson Mrs Oyajumo Elizabeth appreciated the DPRS and his team for their dedication to duty which has put HRH issues in the front burner as a welcome development.